The office aims to develop a resilient water sector and enhance climate change governance as part of a wider EU Climate Change Project entitled “Enhance adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change in national policies”.
Her Excellency Paola Amadei, Head of Delegation for the European Union, signed the financing agreement during an official visit on Tuesday, May 29.
The project will help to strengthen the National Climate Change Office, which is providing economic, social and environmental expertise to meet the Government’s objectives.
The project will also address developing the required manpower, resources and skills for water governance mechanisms such as the National Integrated Water Resources Authority, to coordinate water resource managers and users, and create a legal basis for responsible management of Belize’s water resources.
The climate change office will undertake pilot projects to help the country better adapt and mitigate the negative effects of climate change such as droughts, flooding, and soil erosion, especially in coastal. The projects will also benefit individual communities.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will implement the project under a contribution agreement.
The project will directly target climate change governance structures, positioning the Government of Belize to effectively plan and manage how climate change will affect Belize’s development.
The primary target group includes the government’s planners, decision makers and functionaries responsible for managing climate change.